Celebrate Liberty…REAL Liberty
Patrick Henry, famous as the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, “Give me liberty or give me death” but in current textbooks, the true context of these words is omitted. Here is what he actually said:
“An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
Unfortunately, most of these words have been omitted from most current textbooks. He also wrote:
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”
In this season of celebrating our national liberty we should not forget that this country was founded on freedom of worship. That same freedom is still afforded us in this great country. On a greater scale, we should remember that we were afforded spiritual liberty through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ!
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36) We have the greatest liberty of all through Jesus Christ. In fact, through Him we have complete liberty, eternal liberty, absolute liberty. Once a year we celebrate our liberty as a nation, but every day we can, and should, celebrate our liberty as the children of God. Let’s Celebrate!